Flu SHOT

Flu Shot Treatment

 

Overview

Even with TV to catch up on, flu is miserable. Fever, chills, body aches, coughing, and hours back and forth to the bathroom is no man’s idea of a good day.

Don’t get it. Don’t pass it on.

Preventing flu is not just about making sure you stay on your feet. It’s about protecting others. Flu can be very harmful — in some cases deadly — to small children, the elderly, and the immuno-compromised.

Who should get a flu shot?

It’s a good idea for men of all ages to get a flu shot once a year. Older men, and men with compromised immune systems from other conditions, such as asthma, cancer, and obesity, should especially get vaccinated. To maximize protection, it’s recommended you get your flu shot between August and October.

What are the benefits?

A high-quality flu shot contains multiple strains of flu to keep up with virus adaptations. A flu shot is not a strict 100% guarantee against the flu, but it is a highly effective precaution.

Are there risk factors?

There are limited risk factors to the flu vaccine:

Allergies to eggs or previous flu vaccines. If you are allergic to eggs, or reacted badly to a flu vaccine in the past, it’s very important NOT to get a flu vaccine without talking to you doctor first.

Experiencing flu-like symptoms. Despite rumor, the flu vaccine does NOT give you the flu. You may experience flu-like symptoms as your body produces more antibodies in reaction to the vaccine.

Getting the flu anyway. The vaccine takes about 2 weeks to kick in. In that time, you may contract the flu. Also, if you receive a vaccine from a provider that doesn’t use the most updated vaccine, you may catch a strain of the flu not covered by that vaccine.

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